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The latest mobile software update from Apple,landed on Last week. While some may there are a host of you will get when you do, like and easily .
After updating to iOS 16, before you jump in to explore all the new features, there are three things you absolutely must do first, all of which will improve your iPhone experience. Read on for the best first steps to setting up your iPhone with iOS 16.
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No. 1. Create a new wallpaper option for your iPhone lock screen
Apple has completely redesigned the lock screen on iOS 16, allowing you to fully customize various elements, like the date and time, adding tiny widgets to let you track the weather and popular news, and creating multiple wallpaper profiles that you can easily switch. back-and-forth.
And if that sounds appealing, customizing your lock screen should be the first thing you should do after installing iOS 16.
To customize your lock screen, tap anywhere on the screen with your finger when it’s locked, then unlock your device when prompted. Once you’ve done that, a brand new lock screen interface will appear, where you can browse and customize your various lock screen wallpapers.
If you press the + bottom right button to create a new wallpaper, you can browse various Apple wallpapers, featuring weather and astronomy, emojis and more. A few of these wallpapers have built-in widgets, but you can also add them later.
If you choose to upload your own photo, look for one that clearly features a person or object in the foreground. If you adjust the image correctly, you’ll be able to use the new depth effect feature, which pushes time behind any object in focus, creating a kind of layered look.
You can then tap any of the lock screen items, like date and time, to customize the look. If you hit Add Widgetsyou can add tiny transparent widgets to this section of your wallpaper.
When you are done, press To add and choose whether you want to use the wallpaper only on your lock screen or on your home screen as well. This is how Apple is.
No. 2. Set up a Focus profile so you don’t get distracted by notifications
Last year, Apple introduced Focus, the evolution of Do Not Disturb, which you can set to only receive important notifications and alerts and block everything else. But the productivity feature has been heavily reworked in iOS 16, and it’s worth checking out and setting up if you want to reduce distractions on your iPhone.
In Settingsgo to To concentrate then choose a profile or profiles you want to configure. In a Focus profile, you can then choose to receive notifications from certain people and apps, show silent notifications on your lock screen, hide notification badges, and have your lock screen wallpapers and on your home screen automatically change when your Focus profile is activated. .
Plus, you can schedule when you want your Focus profile to be on (when you fall asleep) and off (when you wake up). If you use the Health app, you can retrieve your sleep information to choose a suitable schedule for Focus.
And finally, you can use Focus filters to customize how apps and system settings interact with you. For example, you can add an app filter to Safari so that only certain tabs show up, or add a filter to the Mail app so that only certain emails reach you. For system settings, you can launch a filter to automatically enable dark mode and low power mode whenever your Focus profile is activated.
Once your Focus profile is complete, you can swipe down from the top right side of the screen to access the control center, then tap the Focus control to activate the profile you created.
#3. Set iPhoto to Remove Duplicate Photos and Videos to Eliminate Clutter and Free Up Storage Space
And if you need a quick way to free up space on your iPhone, there’s now a built-in Photos feature that scans your camera roll for any duplicate photos and videos. It’s a great way to not only do some spring cleaning, but also remove files that are taking up storage space on your iPhone.
In Picturesgo to the Albums tab, swipe down and tap Doubloons. You can now browse all your photos and videos and tap Merge for each set of duplicates or press Select > Select all > Merge to remove all duplicates at once. At the bottom of each photo or video, you’ll see the file sizes, so you’ll need to prioritize larger files first.
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